Chandani Hennayake

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Research Technician


Dr Hennayake obtained her bachelor’s degree at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.

She then worked as a Horticulturist for Flower Seed Company, a subsidiary of Norvaties.

She has completed Master’s and PhD at Kobe University, Japan working on Fruit and Ornamental Plant Sciences.

In 2006, she moved to the UK and worked as a part time research assistant in College of Life Sciences at University of Dundee and Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI/ JHI), Scotland.

In 2011 she joined Dundee Cell Products, Biotechnology Company in Dundee as a Molecular Biologist working on cloning & gene synthesis service providing customer requested vectors and gene products in various genetic portfolios.

In 2015, Dr Hennayake moved to the Cardiovascular and Diabetes Medicine department of the school of medicine to undertake a Research Technician position in Dr Li Kang’s lab which aims to understand complications associated with type 2 diabetes using in-vitro and in-vivo research models.


Dr Hennayake is responsible for number of projects and studying various aspects of metabolic dysfunction in-vitro and in-vivo focusing on pathogenesis of insulin resistance type 2 diabetes.

She is currently involved in number of mice phenotyping studies accessing the response of different genotypes to metabolic stress factors such as high fat feeding.


Kang L, Mokshagundam S, Reuter B, Lark DS, Sneddon CC, Hennayake C, Williams AS, Bracy DP, James FD, Pozzi A, Zent R, Wasserman DH. 2016 Integrin-Linked Kinase in Muscle Is Necessary for the Development of Insulin Resistance in Diet-Induced Obese Mice. Diabetes.65(6):1590-600

C. K. Hennayake, M. Kanechi, N. Yasuda, Y. Uno, N. Inagaki. 2006 Irradiation of UV-B induces biosynthesis of anthocyanins in flower petals of rose, Rosa hybrida cv. ‘Charleston’ and ‘Ehigasa’. Environ. Control Biol., 44(2):103-110

C.K.Hennayake, S. Takagi, M. Kanechi, Y. Uno, N. Inagaki. 2006. The differential expression of anthocyanin biosynthesis genes in the suspension culture cells of Rosa hybrida cultivar ‘Charleston’. Plant Biotechnology 23:379-385

C. K. Hennayake, K. Dissanayake, N. Matsuda, T. Takasaki and T.Nakanishi. 2003. An efficient and reproducible in vitro plant regeneration from leaf discs in Pear cultivars (Pyrus spp.) Plant Biotechnology 20:283-389

Y. Yonemoto and C.K. Hennayake 2002. Pollen tube growth in the pistil as affected by temperature and effective pollination period in White Sapote (Casimiroa edulis Llave and Lex.) 2002. Jap. Jour. Tropical Agri., 46 (2): 77-81

Chandani Hennayake, Claire C. Sneddon, David Allsop, Gemma M. Pino, Michael L. J. Ashford, Li Kang. Integrin-Linked Kinase (ILK) is a Key Regulator of Adipose Tissue Inflammation. American Diabetes Association June 2016, USA.

Differential Expression of Anthocyanin Biosynthetic Genes in Rose (Rosa hybrida) cv. ‘Charleston’ and ‘Ehigasa’. Abstract submitted for poster talk at the International Horticultural Congress 13 - 19 August 2006. Seoul, Korea.

Effects of sugar and light conditions for biosynthesis of anthocyanin in in vivo culturing rose petals. Horticultural Congress November 2005, Chiba, Japan.

UV radiation induces biosynthesis of anthocyanins in rose suspension cell culture. Horticultural Congress September 2005, Miyagi, Japan.

Effects of UV radiation for anthocyanin biosynthesis of rose. Horticultural Congress September 2004, Shizuoka, Japan.